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Korea Box Office: ‘Tunnel’ Debuts on Top, Korean Releases Dominate

Korean survival drama “Tunnel” topped the Korean box office. Opening on Wednesday, the Showbox release scored $19.0 million from 2.58 million admissions over five days. That accounted for 40% of the total weekend box office revenue.

Starring top Korean actors Ha Jung-woo (“The Handmaiden”) and Bae Doo-na (“A Girl at My Door”), “Tunnel” features a man struggling to survive under the debris of a broken tunnel.

Previous chart topper, “The Last Princess,” “Operation Chromite” and “Train to Busan” took second, third and fifth places respectively. Lotte’s “Princess” earned $7.33 million between Friday and Sunday for a total of $25.7 million after two weekends. CJ’s “Chromite” earned $3.51 million and extended its total to $44.1 million after three weeks. NEW’s “Train” earned $2.64 million for a cumulative $78.7 million after four weekends.

UPI’s “The Secret Life of Pets” remained in fourth. It earned $2.68 million between Friday and Sunday for a total of $12.0 million after two weekends.

“Guk-ga-dae-pyo 2” debuted in sixth, earning $2.88 million between Wednesday and Sunday. The sports drama sees the rough-and-ready national Korean female ice hockey team compete in the Asian Winter Games.

Each representing week-on-week drops of 85% and 78%, “Suicide Squad” and “Jason Bourne” dropped to seventh and eighth. “Squad” earned $906,000 between Friday and Sunday for a total of $13.6 million after two weekends. “Bourne” made $463,000 between Friday and Sunday and extended its total to $18.7 million after three weekends.

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